Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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Tampa’s getting some momentum on its flooding problems

Tampa isn't on dry ground yet (see Bayshore Boulevard or the Davis Islands ramp among many other trouble spots), but Mayor Bob Buckhorn is declaring a tidal shift in the city's long struggle with flooding.

Two years after a contentious City Council vote authorized a second stormwater fee funneling $251 million toward drainage improvements, city officials say flooded streets in South Tampa and elsewhere after a summer rainstorm are quickly fading.

A day after Hurricane Michael, stormwater officials added some meat on the bone Thursday to their anecdotal claims.

Here's a breakdown of improvements since Oct. 2016.

Outfalls inspected and maintained: 463

Outfall tonnage removed (tons):  606.2

Stormwater Pipe maintained (miles):  246.1

Stormwater Inlets maintained: 19,398

Stormwater Pipe & Inlet Tonnage Removed (tons): 1,986

Ditches maintained (miles): 52.2

Ditch material tonnage removed (tons): 42,908

Street sweeping maintained (curb miles): 49,135

Street sweeping tonnage removed (tons): 10,216

Pond trash removed (tons): 1,500.9

(Source: City of Tampa)

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